After many years of unsuccessful attempts, we have managed to secure a tutored wine tasting at the exclusive and private Prince Albert Vineyard at Waurn Ponds. Established in 1857 by Swiss settlers and destroyed by the Phylloxera louse some 20 years later, the two-hectare vineyard was replanted with Pinot Noir in 1975.
Current owner Dr David Yates purchased the vineyard in 2007 and has made improvements without changing the style of the wine. David only produces Pinot Noir at Prince Albert but has recently been experimenting with Rosé made from the grape. Prince Albert Vineyard does not provide access coach tours of any size but has made an exception for the Guild and David has offered us a vertical tasting and a 20% discount on purchases on the day.
The tour begins at Waurn Ponds Railway Station, where you will be picked up by a deluxe coach and transported to the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre on the Surf Coast Highway for morning tea, where you can enjoy coffee or tea and a wattleseed scone served with whipped lemon myrtle cream. You will also have time to explore the gallery and grounds.
The word ‘Narana’ means to deeply listen and understand. Opened to the public in 1998, Narana is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to build an understanding of Aboriginal cultures in a welcoming, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Two years later it was admitted to Victorian Tourism’s Hall of Fame.
From Narana, we head to Bellbrae Estate Winery, just 5 minutes from Bells Beach and the only winery on the Great Ocean Road. Like Prince Albert Vineyard, it was established by Swiss settlers more than 150 years ago and was devastated by Phylloxera. Bellbrae Estate was reestablished in 1999 and now produces wines with strong varietal character and excellent flavour intensity.
The names of the Bellbrae Estate range and the image on its Longboard range highlight the extraordinary Surf Coast, the surf breaks and the renowned local surfers of the region.
From Bellbrae Estate we go to the Waurn Ponds Hotel for a 2-course lunch in a private room with wine, tea and coffee provided before heading to the nearby Prince Albert Vineyard.
The choice of Waurn Ponds Railway Station as the pick-up and drop-off location has been made to avoid the prohibitive cost of a coach from suburban Melbourne to the Surf Coast area. It also gives you a choice of travelling by rail (free of charge for seniors using Myki) or by car. There is plenty of parking available at the station. Waurn Ponds Railway Station is now the terminus for the Geelong line.
Click on the button below for a Google map showing the location of Waurn Ponds Railway Station.
The coach will depart at 9.15am. The 7.50am service from Southern Cross Station arrives at 9.07am. The coach will return to Waurn Ponds Railway Station at 3.40pm. The 3.56pm service to Melbourne arrives at Southern Cross Station at 5.15pm.
Cost: Members: $88.00 Non-members: $98.00
RSVP: Sunday March 15, 2020
We will visit some of the most picturesque cellar doors and vineyards in the world including Bay of Fires (including the House of Arras), Jansz, Puddleduck, Pipers Brook, Tamar Ridge and Josef Chromy Wines. And to add some variety we’ll be exploring the Port Arthur Historic Site, a cheese company and an historic distillery.
For further details click on the buttons below to view the Itinerary and Function Notice, which provided details of cost and payment options. As a non-profit Association, Wine Guild Victoria can offer this tour at a much lower cost than any commercial operator can match.
To book, print and mail or email the remittance advice on the Function Notice, or click on the Online Booking Form button below and complete it. This tour will sell out! To secure your place, book and pay a $200.00 deposit per person as soon as you can. Places will be filled in order of receipt of deposits.
‘Taste n Talk’ evening at Burwood District Bowls Club. Taste winning wines from the 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards under the guidance of one of the judges. Date to be announced.
Restaurant lunch or dinner showcasing French cuisine with matching wines.
‘Taste n Talk’ evening at Burwood District Bowls Club. Italian inspired wines of the King Valley. Date to be announced.
August – December
A Wine Trivia night, our Annual General Meeting & Dinner, A Taste n Talk about what judges look for at wine shows, the early November tour of Tasmania and the end-of-year lunch are planned for the remainder of the year.
The program is subject to change due to regional events and the changing availability of the quality venues and speakers that we have come to expect.